Himachal Pradesh drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Microbrewery in Shimla

Brew Estate

Shimla's first brewpub is a large, hip, party space around a central bar-island serving its own trio of well-balanced German- and Belgian-inspired ales (half-litre ₹345) along with Jägerbombs, 'jello-syringe' shots …
Top Choice Bar in Palampur


With lashings of dark wood and wrought iron, Infinitea's classy but welcoming bar is decorated with antique items from the tea estate which was founded in 1860 (hence the name) and won a gold medal in London 26 year…
Cafe in Mcleod Ganj

Café Budan

Relax with good coffee or choose from a dozen varieties of leaf-tea, serenaded by jazzy blues (think Etta James) under low-wattage ball-bulb lights in this enticing mini-cafe.
Bar in Shimla

Cafe Sol

Central Shimla's hippest drinking spot is sat atop a multi-storey building with splendid views enjoyed from stool-seats, beanbags or low-slung table-cubes. Acoustic live music or DJ-spun beats add atmosphere without…
Cocktail Bar in Manali

Johnson Lodge Bar

Capacious settees around the fireplace, backed barstools, and garden seating complement a fine cocktail list and four happy hours (till 8pm). Welcome to one of Manali's most effortlessly stylish drinking spots.
Cafe in Mcleod Ganj

Khaana Nirvana

Ideal for a sundowner, this easily missed spot above the HPTC Bank has sunset valley views and an almost Greek interior of rough whitewashed walls with trained creeper and plants growing from teapots.
Bar in Kasol

Panjtara Bar & Grill

'The party starts here', declares Kasol's most sophisticated bar, more loungey than raving, with its giant-screen TV cycling pop videos, and an extensive yard-terrace with pool table.
Coffee in Shimla

Hide Out Cafe

Upstairs in a building facing the old Town Hall, ever-obliging Mohan runs this outwardly unremarkable Western coffeeshop with a delightful low-key passion.
Cafe in Manali

Backstreet Cafe

Off the main Manu Temple Rd, climb the stairway marked Rock Top Guesthouse to discover this oasis. It's a cafe amid apple trees, featuring a range of sitting spaces: shaded, sunny, fireside and indoors within a pine…
Bar in Shimla

Scandal Delights

This appealing mini-bar has fabulous views north and south, comfortably padded seats inside and a small outdoor terrace.